Béal Beo

Recordings from the National Folklore Collection

Inishglora

Speaker:
Bríd Bairéad Bean Uí Ghacháin (aged 40) of Cross, Binghamstown, Co. Mayo.
Collector:
Mícheál Mac Énrí, Irish Folklore Commission, 4 October 1954.
Duration:
5:20" to 6:24"
References:
Ediphone_181, NFC 1400:427 (Cylinder 16)

A wealth of tradition is recorded about the blessed island of Inishglora, County Mayo, whose soil was said to repel rats. This song was recorded from Bríd Bairéad (Bean Uí Ghacháin), Binghamstown, Co. Mayo, in 1954.

Transcription

'... the name of the place,
It's the island of Inis na Glóire.

The sun in the west, it was seeking its rest
And its rays o'er the deep sea was shining
I just roamed o'er the strand of that once famed land
On the beach with sadness reclining.

But I sigh for the day when the glorious rays
Of religion will shine pure and holy.
But soon to restore its splendour of yore
It's the island of Inis na Glóire.'

The fishing community of the Inishkea islands used Inishglora as a seasonal base for fishing (1941).

The fishing community of the Inishkea islands used Inishglora as a seasonal base for fishing (1941).